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Lake Taal

Batangas City, Luzon, Philippines
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Type: Bodies of Water
Description: This lake is the deepest in the Philippines.
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Batangas, Batangas City, Philippines
4 reviews 4 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Really nothing much to see here apart from the volcano, and there are far better sites then coming to Taal to see one. Once here there are no real tourist attractions apart from the donkey ride up the mountain and if you want to sit on a flee ridden - very old donkey then be my guest. Not geared for... More

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Manila, Philippines
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43 reviews 43 reviews
32 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

Its a nice view when you are looking at it on top of a mountain, but once you are in its shoreline its already full of resorts offering a ride to taal volcano. I wish the local gov't would take out the fishponds surrounding it. The lake also provides a good tasting fish called tilapia. Its better to visit it... More

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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014

Me and my friend went in january to Talisay, Lake Taal. We took the bus from Manilla to Tagatay (2,5 hrs) and from there we picked a tricycle to Talisay (20-30min). Talisay itself is nothing special. We stayed at Touristar, we do'nt recommend! Very expensive (1500 peso) in relation to the lack cleaning, interest & attention. The owner was suppressing... More

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Iloilo City, Philippines
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2014

Just a two hour trip from Manila, and another one and a half hour of boat ride and hiking to the top of the volcano and down to its crater. Here you will experience what is inside the crater of a volcano. Taal volcano, well this is a lake inside a volcano surrounded by a lake inside an outer volcano.... More

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Hong Kong, China
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21 reviews 21 reviews
3 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2013

Well we'd heard about the "island in a lake in an island in a lake in an island in the sea" and so we took a short weekend trip to the area to check it out. It seems there are a couple of key elements to doing this successfully: - book a package containing transport to the lakeside and the... More

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Top Contributor
122 reviews 122 reviews
31 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013

We had a blast over at Taal; to be fair we were invited by very knowledgeable local friends who arranged and paid for everything so we did not have to deal with the many hassles other foreign friends told us about; first and foremost the aggressive touts. In fact, two of formerly mentioned said friends came with us so they... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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14 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013 via mobile

Kids enjoyed evey aspect of this trip - the winding car trip and imagining the volcano across the lake, the the longtail boat ride, and the riding to the rim (Ponies? Donkeys? Small horses?). Was a little disapppinted there weren't more paths to hike around at the top but overall this was a really fun day with family and friends.... More

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Manila, Philippines
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112 reviews 112 reviews
59 attraction reviews
114 helpful votes 114 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2013

We took RoRo boat going to Batangas on the way to Taal Lake and Volcano. The Ceres Bus slowed down right after getting past the gate of Batangas Port to accommodate ambulant vendors. There were about 6 of them - some were wearing sando shirt, shorts, slippers, and look dirty - getting back and port along the aisle yelling &... More

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Galway, Ireland
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

The car trip on the way from Manila was very interesting. Once you get near the lake you have to drive down a very very high mountain, well I am very glad i was in a car as there was people going up and down on tricycles. People selling boat rides are very aggressive, one held onto the window of... More

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Flat Rock, North Carolina, United States
16 reviews 16 reviews
10 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2013 via mobile

The lake is huge, it don't seem that big until you are on the. water, and its cool because there is a volcano in the middle. Make sure you book the tour in advance or at the hotel to save you money, buy water beforehand because its high once you cross over. The souveniers at the crater are high, you... More

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